Fashion & Beauty Packing Travel Trends

Fashion Sneakers Are In: The 9 Best for Travel

No longer the frumpy staple that used to immediately mark you as a tourist, sneakers have become the hottest trend—as long as you wear the right ones. These nine fashion sneakers are stylish and comfortable, and belong in your suitcase.

Chaco Ionia Lace Leather & Davis Lace Leather

[st_content_ad]With a full grain leather upper and recycled polyester canvas lining, Chaco’s Ionia Lace Leather (women’s version) and Davis Lace Leather (men’s version) a bit more polish than a regular canvas sneaker. Both fashion sneakers have removable, supportive footbeds for easy cleaning.

adidas Cloudfoam Sneaker

adidas’ Cloudfoam Sneaker lives up to its name, with a memory foam sockliner that molds to your feet so you feel as if you’re walking on clouds. (The shoes are available for men and women) in a wide variety of colors that will match every outfit.

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Cole Haan 2.ZEROGRAND Oxford With Stitchlite

Cole Haan’s 2.ZEROGRAND Oxford With Stitchlites are my new favorite travel shoe. The pointed oxford shape gives these shoes an edge that sets them apart from regular sneakers, and makes them pair well with dresses or pants. What really makes these shoes shine is the Grand.OS energy foam, which offers plenty of support and cushioning. I’ve spent days on my feet walking around wearing these, and they never caused fatigue or pain.


Superga shoes are definitely some of the trendiest fashion sneakers on the market today. They’re low-profile yet supportive, and made of canvas that’s really easy to clean. Check out their wide range of colors and styles, and you’ll be sure to find a pair you love.

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Greats Royale Knit

Knit shoes are the most travel-friendly sneaker trend. The Royale Knit by Greats (available for men and women) are breathable, lightweight, and easy to pack thanks to the knit upper. If they get dirty on your trip, simply rinse them off with soap and water.

PUMA Suede Bow Varsity Sneaker

Looking for a super-feminine sneaker? PUMA’s Suede Bow Varsity Sneaker has an adorable bow on the back, which lends a bit of glam to the shoes. These won’t look out of place paired with a fancier dress, but will still be comfortable for walking.

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You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Keds as a travel shoe. Opt for a plain and simple style like their original canvas sneaker, glam things up with the metallic version, or warm things up with wool.

Merrell Bare Access Flex Shield Sneaker

Traveling light? You need Merrell’s Bare Access Flex Shield Sneaker (available for men and women), which weigh in at about 8 ounces and pack down nearly flat. These shoes resist both water and odor to keep you dry and smelling fresh, no matter how tough your trip is.

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Caroline Morse Teel swears by fashion sneakers for travel. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline for style and travel photos from around the world

By Caroline Morse Teel

Unfortunately for her bank account, Principal Editor Caroline Morse Teel is powerless to resist a good flight deal. Follow her on Instagram @TravelWithCaroline.

Caroline joined Boston-based SmarterTravel in 2011 after living in Ireland, London, and Manhattan. She's traveled to all seven continents, jumped out of planes, and bungeed off bridges in the pursuit of a good story. She loves exploring off-the-beaten path destinations, anything outdoorsy, and all things adventure.

Her stories have also appeared online at USA Today, Business Insider, Huffington Post, Yahoo,, TripAdvisor, Buzzfeed, Jetsetter, Oyster, Airfarewatchdog, and others.

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